Somebody asked me recently why do I want to start another business? Had I thought of just getting a job instead?
My usual answer to this is that I would be a terrible employee and can't work for anyone. Now even though there is some truth to this, the thought of going to work, and coming home and separating the two sounds like a dream. A reliable monthly salary doesn’t sound too bad either. So what’s the real reason?
I think it boils down to the fact that most entrepreneurs are not normal. I’m sure most will admit this to some degree. I know I have a couple of reasons why I think I have started another business regardless of the fact that I know how hard it is going to be.
I need to prove something
Yes, I need to prove that I can do it. This time on my own. I have been working hard with my psychologist (it's been a life-changing decision finding someone to work through these things with, for real) about why. There’s a lot of reasons that I‘m not going to go into here but let’s just say it goes a lot deeper than just looking for recognition and needing approval. To be honest it’s more about proving something to ourselves more than anything else. Either way, it’s part of me.
Maybe it has to do with the way my dad sees the world and it's rubbed off on me. If he comes across something that’s broken, he fixes it. If he sees a product that he likes he normally makes it himself instead of just buying it. He loves a project and solving problems and so do I. Finding an elegant solution to a problem is a good feeling. Maybe it’s as simple as that.
Bring ideas to life.
I have a burning desire to make things. I feel like I have ideas that the world needs to see and hear, and for some reason, I‘m willing to go through a lot of pain to make that happen. There is something inside me that has to create and make. It’s part of who I am.
For me, one of the most important things in my life is the ability to choose. Choice is freedom. The freedom to choose what I get to work on each and every day is something that drives me more than all the above reasons combined. I would say this is the number one reason why I don't just go get a job.
Now, most people would think that money would be on the list but I think that’s just a small part of the equation. There are a lot of easier ways to make a lot of money. Getting a really good job for instance. Starting a business is not high up on the list I can promise you that.
Personally I think you need to be a little crazy to start a business. Entrepreneurs are not normal. I‘m definitely not in this regard. But to be honest, what is normal anyway?
Remember to be thoughtful and kind.